One of the most buzzed about pieces of information to emerge out of San Diego Comic-Con over the summer happened when Marvel dropped a surprise teaser that revealed — some might say “confirmed” — that Ghost Rider was making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this fall. And the All-New version of Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, is the one coming to the small screen. Now we know what Gabriel Luna is going to look like on the show.
As revealed exclusively by Entertainment Weekly, Luna’s Robbie Reyes costume is going to be a fairly accurate representation of what we see in the comics. Not only that, the car that was on display on the Comic-Con floor was pretty close to the flaming Dodge Charger of the comics as well!
In addition to a first look at Luna in costume, Marvel also released a brief synopsis of the upcoming season:
Gabriel Luna Guest Stars as Robbie Reyes — aka Ghost Rider. In the season premiere episode, “The Ghost,” Ghost Rider is coming, and S.H.I.E.L.D will never be the same.Guest starring are Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes, Mallory Jansen as Aida, Lorenzo James Henrie as Gabe, Briana Venskus as Agent Piper, Max Osinski as Agent Red, Ricardo Walker as Agent Prince, Edward Gelhaus as skinhead, Ian Hutton as Blondie, Blaise Miller as lab tech, Samuel Barajas as Felix, Bryan Rasmussen as warehouse manager, Wilson Ramirez as Diego, Jen Kuo Sung as Chen, Jerry Ying as thug #1 and Lilli Birdsell as Lucy.
A quick read of the guest stars in the premiere episode also reveals a big uptick in the number of POC characters who could have recurring roles this season — including the return of Yo-Yo (yay!) and the introduction of Fear the Walking Dead’s Lorenzo James Henrie as Robbie’s brother Gabe, another significant addition from the comics.
One of the things we’ve been critical about the Marvel live action universe has been its lack of diversity. Even though S.H.I.E.L.D. has one of the most diverse casts on television, it hasn’t been immune to certain tropes either. I even admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the show at the beginning, but over the last couple seasons, it has become one of my go-to series.
Having Robbie Reyes join a cast that includes Henry Simmons’ Mack, Ming-Na’s Agent May, and Chloe Bennet’s Quake might even make Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. my most anticipated primetime superhero show when it returns on September 20!
In the meantime, to get you more hyped for Ghost Rider’s television debut, let’s go back to 2014 and revisit the time we world premiered the now classic Adam WarRock track celebrating Robbie Reyes as the “Spirit of Vengeance” himself.